Outdoor Fireplaces

Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits can be enjoyed safely and responsibly when fire danger is low or moderate. Due to the fire danger in Ashland and close proximity to the forest, outdoor fire pits need to follow specific criteria if used.

Here is an overview of some of the basic safety regulations. For more detailed instructions clink on the links below.

Wood Burning Outdoor Fireplaces

  • Store-bought Freestanding Portable Outdoor Fireplaces or Permanent Outdoor Fireplaces should be placed a minimum of 10 feet from combustible structures and materials (such as fences, buildings, debris piles, flammable vegetation/trees, etc.)
  • Appliances shall be used per manufacturer's safety requirements.
  • Only dry wood or charcoal briquettes can be burned.
    • Be a good neighbor - reduce smoke production by not burning wet wood.  
  • The fireplace shall be free standing, and have adequate clearances from structures and combustible materials.
  • Wood shall be neatly stacked at least 10 feet away
  • Fire shall be out and cold to the touch by 10 p.m.
  • Appliances should be designed in such a way that minimizes the chances of sparks and embers escaping. Click here for more details.
  • Use is prohibited: 

Fire Pits (in-ground)

  • Minimum 25 feet from structures or combustible materials.
  • Must use a safety screen.
  • ​Only dry wood or charcoal briquettes can be burned.
    • Be a good neighbor - reduce smoke production by not burning wet wood. 
  • Maximum pile size is 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height
  • Use is prohibited:

Open flame Cooking or Heating Devices (barbecues & heaters)

  • Keep the device a minimum of 10 feet from combustible structures and materials (such as fences, buildings, debris piles, flammable vegetation/trees, etc.)
  • Maintain & use equipment so as to prevent an accidental fire from starting (for example donít let grease build up in the bottom of a barbeque or use under a tree with low overhanging branches)
  • Use appropriate fuels (wood, gas, briquettes, or liquid fuel and do NOT use things like garbage, or landscape debris).
  • Donít store fuel next to the device.
  • Use of wood is prohibited during HIGH and EXTREME fire danger. Click here for current restrictions.
  • The fire should always be supervised by a responsible adult

 

Click here to view outdoor burning requirements in the Ashland Municipal Code.


If you have questions not answered by this page, please call us at 541.482.2770.

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